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Ka‘ū News Briefs, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022

ʻAlalā could be introduced into the Kaʻū Forest Reserve in the future, according to The ʻAlalā Project.
Photo from The ʻAlalā Project

A pair of ʻAlalā. 
Photo by Mamo Waianuhea
THE 61,000-ACRE KAʻŪ
 FOREST RESERVE COULD BE A RELEASE AREA FOR 'ALALA , the endangered native Hawaiian crows, raised in captivity at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center in Volcano and at San Diego Zoo. ʻAlalā no longer live in the wild and attempts at reintroduction are ongoing, with adults residing and nesting in captivity.
    "It is hoped that releases could be planned for the Kaʻū Forest Reserve after more management for promoting native forest habitat has occurred," says a statement from the ʻAlalā Project. Kaʻū Forest Reserve was established in 1906 to protect forest on lower slopes of Mauna Loa in Ka'ū District.
    From 2018 to 2019, ʻAlalā release efforts took place in the Pu'u Maka'ala Natural Area in Puna. "Pu'u Maka'ala Natural Area Reserve has been managed for many years to promote native forests, is fenced and free of ungulates (cows, pigs, sheep, etc.), has a dense understory, and lots of ʻAlalā food plants," according to The 'Alalā Project.
Kaʻū Forest Reserve could be a future release
 site for endangered ʻAlalā, the Hawaiian crow.
Map from Dept. Land & Natural Resources
    The ʻAlalā Project is also working on reintroduction plans to release ʻAlalā within Maui Nui.
    Project goals are: " To establish a wild self-sustaining population of ʻAlalā; that wild ʻAlalā will fulfill their ecological roles in the native forest ecosystem; and the population will need little help from humans to survive."
    The latest newsletter from The ʻAlalā Project notes that the organization is often asked how to "tell a male ʻalalā from a female ʻalalā by looking at them. It is very hard to tell them apart just by their appearance. Male ʻalalā are usually slightly larger and heavier than the females but often you cannot tell this apart just by looking at the birds. In order to determine the birdsʻ sexes at the conservation breeding center a simple blood test is done which looks at the bird's genetics. Each bird is given a color band combination to help keep track of the individual and to identify each bird." 
    In other  news, The ʻAlalā Project was represented Jan. 1 in the 133rd  Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena. The float was sponsored by San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance to highlight conservation work around the world with its partners. See a video on the float at https://twitter.com/sandiegozoo/status/1477394503363
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance's float in the Rose Bowl parade, honoring The ʻAlalā Project and many
other conservation efforts by the organization and its partner around the world. Photo from SDZWA

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FOR ITS NEWS YEAR'S RESOLUTION, STATE OF HAWAI'I SHOULD GO ON A BUDGETARY DIET, says Keli'i Akina of Grassroot Institute of Hawai'i. The founder and President of the organization issued the following:
    The first day of a new year is traditionally a time for resolutions and self-improvement. So, in that spirit of personal growth, it's time we engage in some brutal candor about a problem in our state that's difficult to ignore. Yes, Hawaii's state budget needs to go on a diet. I admit, the past two years have been tough for all of us. Who hasn't put on a few pounds since March 2020, when most of us were ordered to hang around the house more — where our refrigerators are located — in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19?
    But Hawai'i's state budget had been packing on the pounds long before the coronavirus lockdowns started; its current ballooning figure is the result of years of indulgence and bad habits.
    If anything, 2021 was a wake-up call. Some state policymakers actually started to consider eating a few fresh vegetables, which in this case means spending cuts. But then state tax revenues came in higher than expected, the federal bailout added more money to the coffers, and most of them went right back to snacking on high-calorie tax dollars, avoiding balanced budgeting as if it were an actual treadmill.
    In releasing his executive supplemental budget for fiscal 2023, Gov. David Ige announced that Hawai'i's rebounding economy has resulted in "astounding" tax revenues. As a result, I am happy to say, he says he is not planning any tax increases.
    But the Legislature is a wild card, and I am pretty sure some of its members have different plans. The truth is, however, that the best way to increase state revenues is not through tax hikes, but through policies that grow the economy. The state can reap far more through economic growth than it can through an increase in taxes, as the first five months of fiscal 2023 just proved.
    During the 2021 legislative session, too many of our lawmakers refused to see this and simply went ahead and increased our taxes, further burdening Hawai'i's businesses and taxpayers.
    The panic over the possible loss in revenues caused by the lockdowns was so severe that the Legislature took away the county shares of the state transient accommodations tax,
leaving the counties to levy their own TATs, which all have done.
    Combined with the state's general excise tax of 4%, plus the 0.5% county GET surcharges on Kaua'i, O'ahu and Hawai'i island, which tourists also pay, the Aloha State now has the highest tourist taxes in the nation, topping out at 17.75% — not exactly ideal to help Hawaii's ailing tourism industry recover.
    But back to the bloated budget: At present, the state is looking at a budget windfall, thanks to higher tax revenues and an infusion of federal aid funds. But rather than revert to its usual bad habits, the state should resolve for 2022 to slim down and achieve good health. As any fitness guru will tell you, the first step toward improvement is to stop the bad habits.
    No more saddling future generations with high debt. Don't postpone paying down unfunded liabilities. Don't borrow more for new projects. Post a reminder on the refrigerator to not raise taxes on Hawai'i residents or businesses. Even better, look for ways to cut taxes and lower the cost of living, perhaps by working more with the private sector to deliver certain public services. As I said, the best way to produce tax revenues is through economic growth.
    Sure, it won't be easy; significant self-improvement is usually a major challenge. But we're not looking to put the state budget on a crash diet.
    We want state policymakers to embrace a lifestyle change for 2022, one that will lead to a healthier, happier and more prosperous Hawai'i for generations to come.

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COUNTY OF HAWAI'I CIVIL DEFENSE ISSUED ANOTHER COVID ALERT on New Year's Day: "For Hawai'i County the Department of Health reports 195 new cases with 1284 active cases and nine persons hospitalized. As we celebrate the 2022 New Year the entire State and Island of Hawaii is
experiencing high rates of Coronavirus transmissions and community spread. Know that when you leave your residence you may be exposing yourself to Coronavirus.
    "Be reminded that the mandate requiring wearing of face coverings indoors continues along with gatherings of no more than 10 persons indoors and 100 persons out of doors. Distancing oneself from others outside your family group and staying home when you are sick are necessary to stop the spread.
   "The Department of Health recommends getting vaccinated and getting a booster shot to protect yourself, your family, and friends."
     For a comprehensive calendar and list of all pharmacies and clinics providing vaccination and testing, please visit the Civil Defense website. Civil Defense: www.hawaiicounty.gov.

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Ka‘ū News Briefs, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021

Low-light telephoto color image of lava fountains supplying lava into lava lake
Much like New Year's fireworks, incandescent lava fountains in Halema'uma'u can be a beautiful display. This photo, taken on Oct. 12, 2021, shows lava from the western vent in Halema'uma'u reaching heights of 10–15 meters (30–50 ft) and supplying lava into the lake through a short spillway. USGS photo by B. Carr
SHOULD OLD ERUPTIONS BE FORGOT? That's the title of this week's Volcano Watch column, written by USGS scientists and affiliates to bring in the new year:
    We traditionally spend the New Year singing Auld Lang Syne, a song that reminisces about times long past. For the first month of the New Year, staff at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, and hopefully you too, will reflect on past and ongoing eruptions during the annual Volcano Awareness Month.
    Recent summit eruptions of Kīlauea have remained confined to Halema'uma'u crater within Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. These eruptions, one of which is ongoing, have attracted many volcano-viewers, with stunning displays of eruption glow, lava fountaining, and a lava lake filling in the deepest part of Halema'uma'u crater that collapsed in 2018.
    While eruptions of Hawai'i's volcanoes are beautiful and can often be safely viewed, they also have the ability to directly impact people and commerce on the Island of Hawai'i. Kīlauea's 2018 lower East Rift Zone eruption and summit collapse remain fresh on the minds of residents. These were the largest and most destructive events on Kīlauea in at least 200 years and will not soon be forgotten.
     January was established as the Island of Hawai'i's annual Volcano Awareness Month in 2010 as part of an effort to increase understanding of Hawaiian volcanoes among residents and visitors. Important eruption anniversaries in January include the start of Kīlauea's long-lived Pu'u'ō'ō eruption on the middle East Rift Zone (1983–2018) and the 1960 Kapoho eruption. Until 2018, these were the two most destructive recent eruptions of Kīlauea.
    Mauna Loa hasn't erupted in over 36 years, but it can never be forgotten because of the potential impact a future large eruption could have.
A history of lava flows from Mauna Loa. USGS image
     January also marks the anniversary of Mauna Loa's 1859 eruption that filled Kīholo Bay and destroyed the village of Wainānāli'i south of the Waikoloa resorts. A similar eruption today could potentially close both the upper and lower highways in that area (Highways 19 and 190), severely disrupting the Island of Hawai'i's economy without destroying a single home.

    Repeats of many past Mauna Loa eruptions would not only close roads but threaten communities as well. For example, lava flows crossed Highway 11 and entered the ocean between Miloli'i and Captain Cook a mere four hours after the 1950 eruption began. Today, houses have replaced ranchlands greatly complicating evacuation planning in this area.
    And we should remember that while Hualālai erupts much less frequently than Mauna Loa and Kīlauea, a repeat of the 1800–1801 lava flow that the Kona International Airport sits on would also be highly disruptive.
    Past eruptions in Hawaii should encourage us all to increase our volcano awareness, as similar events will occur again in the future. We hope that this year's Volcano Awareness Month happenings will help you achieve that. HVO, in cooperation with Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency, and the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, work together to promote the importance of understanding and respecting the volcanoes on which we live through this year's "virtual" Volcano Awareness Month.
    Have you ever wondered how the eruption maps that HVO shares on our website are generated? Or what you can learn from olivine—the small green mineral that's visible in many lava flows? What about how HVO is utilizing the Supplemental funds that it received to support recovery efforts after the 2018 Kīlauea events?
    A series of recorded talks by HVO staff will be posted on our website throughout the month of January which will answer these questions and more. Talks will cover Kīlauea's volcanic year in review and Mauna Loa's sporadic restlessness and deformation. Other topics include a throwback to some of Kīlauea's most photogenic activity over the past decade, and a description of the Keanakāko'i Tephra, which represents Kīlauea's most recent explosive phase.
    So, while reminiscing about old acquaintances during your the New Year, take a moment to also reflect your relationship with the volcanoes in your backyard. We hope that residents and visitors alike learn something new and valuable about Hawai'i's active volcanoes and their eruptive activity during this coming Volcano Awareness Month. A calendar with descriptions of all Volcano Awareness Month 2022 programs is provided on HVO's website usgs.gov/hvo. Questions about Hawaii's volcanoes or Volcano Awareness Month can be emailed to askHVO@usgs.gov.

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HIGHLIGHTS IN CONGRESS FOR THE PAST YEAR were released by Rep. Ed Case on New Years Eve. Case, who represents urban Hawai'i, works as a team with Rep. Kai Kahele who represents rural Hawai'i, including all of Ka'u. Case wrote:
    "When I was sworn into the two-year 117th Congress on Jan. 3, I knew 2021 would be another difficult year. The continuing COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty, worsening inequality, climate change, an unstable world and more were all compounded by deepening political division. The January 6th attack on our Capitol, the Afghanistan withdrawal, inflation, COVID-19 conflicts and a new variant, and destructive weather and the Navy water system crisis back home were just some of the additional challenges the year brought.
    "But the role of our government is to overcome challenges and forge the best path forward for us all. My mission as your U.S. Congressman remains to: (1) contribute to national leadership for our country and world; (2) assure that Hawaii's needs are addressed by our federal government; and (3) assist you with your individual concerns.
   "The year brought some successes. We passed a third major COVID-19 emergency assistance measure with federal COVID-19 aid to Hawai'i topping $20 billion. We passed the largest-ever $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, which will bring some $3 billion to Hawai'i. And I continued to use my positions and relationships in Congress, especially on the House Appropriations Committee, to focus on the needs of Hawai'i and the Pacific. But so much more remains for 2022, from COVID-19 to restoring full public confidence in our drinking water." Case Reviewed highlights of his work in 2021:
     JANUARY: Sworn into 117th Congress (2021-2023); reappointed to House Appropriations and Natural Resources Committees, to Executive Board of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, as Co-Chair of Congressional Pacific Islands Caucus, and other caucuses and leadership positions; co-introduced H.R. 1, the For the People Act, the broadest government reform proposal in a generation (later passed by the House); co-hosted seminar with Rep. Kahele for state and county government colleagues on "How To Work With Your Congressional Representatives"; conducted first live talk story (on COVID-19) and roundtable (on small business).
Case honored issuance of the
Go for Broke U.S. Postal Service
Stamp in 2021.
    FEBRUARY: Began full appropriations season to develop $1.5 trillion Fiscal Year '22 spending bills (continued six months thru House passage in July); reintroduced Jones Act reform proposals.
    MARCH: Passed the American Rescue Plan, $1.9 trillion in additional emergency assistance to combat COVID-19; began Natural Resources Committee oversight hearings; updated Chamber of Commerce of Hawai'i on COVID-19 economic assistance.
    APRIL: Conducted roundtable for Hawai'i labor unions on federal issues and opportunities; joined Congressional delegation to Texas border to review immigration crisis firsthand; visited Boys and Girls Club of 'Ewa Beach as part of ongoing community outreach; attended the Filipino-American community vaccination drive.
    MAY: Co-introduced Boosting Longterm U.S. Engagement in the Pacific (BLUE Pacific) Act (largely included in measure pending House passage); presented personally to Mililani/Waipi'o/Melemanu Neighborhood Board as part of office's ongoing participation in boards.
    JUNE: Organized House speeches with colleagues honoring issuance by the U.S. Postal Service of the Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of World War II stamp; marked COVID-19 emergency economic impact (direct) payments to Hawai'i residents exceeding $1.9 billion.
    JULY: Joined Rep. Kahele and Hawaiian leaders in D.C. to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act and honor the legacy of its author, Delegate Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana'ole; co-introduced the Sustaining America's Fisheries for the Future Act, a major update of our ocean resources management laws.
    AUGUST: Urged immediate House passage of the $1 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Package, the largest infrastructure reinvestment in our history, including critical climate change and broadband projects (signed into law November 15th); co-introduced the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (later passed by the House); walked Chinatown with Honolulu Police Dept. and community leaders to review crime and homelessness concerns.
Rep. Ed Case is a member of the Problem Solvers
Caucus in the U.S. Congress

   SEPTEMBER: Devoted the full resources of the office to evacuating Afghan partners; joined Congress, country and world in remembering 9/11; co-introduced the Women's Health Protection Act to confirm a woman's right of choice (later passed by the House).
    OCTOBER: Gave keynote speech at Hawai'i Economic Association annual conference: What Have We Learned From COVID-19; Where Do We Go From Here; walked small businesses in Mānoa, Kaimukī, Kapahulu and Kalihi to update status and needs; hosted delegation in Capitol to honor Saint Damien; conducted social services roundtable for providers on federal programs.
    NOVEMBER: Passed the $2.1 trillion Build Back Better Act with major investments in climate change and our social safety net; appointed co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus China Task Force to coordinate legislative proposals regarding our greatest foreign challenge; joined Hawai'i delegation colleagues in expressing serious concerns with then-emerging Navy water system crisis.
    DECEMBER: Continued full focus on the Navy water system crisis, including joining Hawai'i delegation colleagues in demanding immediate suspension of Red Hill fuel tank operations and full independent review of leaks; addressed COVID-19 Omicron variant concerns while remembering 800,000-now 'ohana lost.

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KAʻŪ COFFEE MILL & VISITOR CENTER. Buy online at kaucoffeemill.com and in person at 96-2694 Wood Valley Road, daily, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PUNALUʻU BAKESHOP online at bakeshophawaii.com and in-person 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week in x.

ALIʻI HAWAIʻI HULA HANDS COFFEE. Order by calling 928-0608 or emailing alihhhcoffee@yahoo.com.

AIKANE PLANTATION COFFEE COMPANY. Order online at aikaneplantation.com. Call 808-927-2252

MIRANDA'S FARMS KAʻŪ COFFEE. Order online at mirandafarms.com or, in person at 73-7136 Mamalahoa Hwy.

KUAHIWI RANCH STORE, in person. Shop weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 11 am to 3 p.m. at 95-5520 Hwy 11. Locally processed grass-fed beef, live meat chickens, and feed for cattle, goats, sheep, chickens, horses, dogs, and pigs. Call 929-7333 of 938-1625, email kaohi@kuahiwiranch.com.

DEPRESSED, ANXIOUS, NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO? Call Department of Health's expanded Hawai‘i C.A.R.E.S. program at 1-800-753-6879 – the same number previously used by Crisis Line of Hawai‘i. Individuals in crisis can also text ALOHA to 741741, available 24/7.

LEARN SELF-CARE THROUGH Big Island Substance Abuse Council's Practice Self-Care Series. For additional series that feature refreshing wellness tips, follow the Behavioral Health & Homelessness Statewide Unified Response Group at facebook.com/bhhsurg

WOMEN'S COLLECTIVE OFFERS HEALTH PROGRAMS. Piko focuses on reproductive health; increasing access, respect, cultural competence, education, and choice. Pilina aims to grow membership and establish a culture of collaborative decision-making. Follow @kau_womens_health_collective. Contact rootsmedieshawaii@gmail.com. Call 808-450-0498.

YOGA WITH EMILY Catey Weiss, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Advanced registration required; $5 per class. volcanoartcenter.org/events, 967-8222.

CHOOSE ALOHA FOR HOME is available to families, to provide a healthy way to grow together using neuroscience and positive psychology. Program uses a series of self-guided videos, activities, and "dinner table discussion topics." Sign up at chooselovemovement.org/choose-love-home.


Register for Boys & Girls Club Mobile Outreach and Tutoring Programs at rb.gy/o1o2hy. For keiki grades 1-6. Contact Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island Administrative Office, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (808) 961-5536 or email mobiletutoring@bgcbi.org or info@bgcbi.org.

ʻOhana Help Desk offers online How-To Guides for Chromebooks and iPads at rb.gy/8er9wm. ʻOhana Help Desk also available by phone, weekdays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Invite Park Rangers to Virtually Visit Classes, through connecting with teachers and home-schoolers with distance learning programs and virtual huakaʻi (field trips). Contact havo_education@nps.gov.

Public Libraries are open for WiFi, pick-up, and other services. Nāʻālehu open Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pāhala open Tuesday, noon to 7 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., limited entry into library with Wiki Visits. Schedule a Library Take Out time at picktime.com/hspls. Open for library card account help and reference assistance from the front door. WiFi available to anyone with a library card, from each library parking lot. See librarieshawaii.org.

Free Book Exchanges, at laundromats in Ocean View and Nāʻālehu, provided by Friends of the Kaʻū Libraries. Open to all. Keep the books, pass them on to other readers, or return them. Selection of books replenished weekly at both sites.

Read Report on Public Input about Disaster Recovery from damage during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption.View the Civic Engagement and Comment Analysis Report at rb.gy/awu65k.

Learn About Hawaiʻi's History & Culture through Papakilo Database, papakilodatabase.com.

Virtual Workshops on Hawaiʻi's Legislative Processes through Public Access Room. Sign up by contacting (808) 587-0478 or par@capitol.hawaii.gov. Ask questions and discuss all things legislative in a non-partisan environment. Attend Coffee Hour with PAR: Fridays at 3 p.m. on Zoom, meeting ID 990 4865 9652 or click zoom.us/j/99048659652. PAR staff will be available to answer questions and to discuss the legislative process. Anyone wanting to listen in without taking part in discussions is welcome. Learn more at lrb.hawaii.gov/public-access-room.

Online Directory at shopbigisland.com, co-sponsored by County of Hawai‘i, has a signup sheet for local businesses to fill in the blanks. The only requirement is a physical address on this island.

Food Assistance: Apply for The Volcano School of Arts & Sciences COVID-19 Family Relief Funds. Funded by Volcano Community Association, and members of the VSAS Friends and Governing Boards, who have donated, the fund supplies KTA or Dimple Cheek Gift Cards, or gift cards to other locally owned business, to VSAS families in need. Contact Kim Miller at 985-8537, kmiller@volcanoschool.net. Contributions to the fund can be sent in by check to: VSAS, PO Box 845, Volcano, HI 96785 – write Relief Fund in the memo. See volcanoschool.net

ENROLL CHILDREN, from first through eighth grade, in Kula ʻAmakihi, a program from Volcano School of the Arts & Sciences. It started Aug. 3. Call 808-985- 9800 or visit www.volcanoschool.net.

WALK THROUGH A GUIDED NATURE TRAIL & Sculpture Garden, Mondays, 9:30 a.m. at Volcano Art Center Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village. No reservations for five or fewer – limited to ten people. Free; donations appreciated. Email programs@volcanoartcenter.org. Garden is open to walk through at one's own pace, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. www.volcanoartcenter.org. Call 967-8222.

KAʻŪ ART GALLERY is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Nāʻālehu. It features and sells works by local artists and offers other gift items. "We are always looking to collaborate with local artists in our community," said assistant Alexandra Kaupu. Artists with an interest in being featured at Kaʻū Art Gallery and Gift Shop, contact gallery owner and director Corrine Kaupu at kauartgallery@hawaiiantel.biz.

GOLF & MEMBERSHIPS for Discovery Harbour Golf Course and its Clubhouse: The Club offers Social Memberships, with future use of the clubhouse and current use of the pickleball courts as well as walking and running on specified areas of the golf course before 8 a.m. and after 3 p.m. to enjoy the panoramiocean views. Golf memberships range from unlimited play for the avid golfer to casual play options. Membership is required to play and practice golf on the course. All golf memberships include Social Membership amenities. Membership fees are designed to help underwrite programs and improvements to the facilities.Call 808-731-5122 or stop by the Clubhouse during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 94-1581 Kaulua Circle. Email clubatdiscoveryharbour@gmail.com. See The Club at Discovery Harbour Facebook page.

ALOHA FRIDAY MARKETPLACE, hosted by Main Street, is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., grounds of The Old Shirakawa Estate in Waiʻohinu. It features: Made in Hawai'i Products, Organic Produce, Creative Crafts, ARt, Flower and Plants, Food, Ka`u Coffee, Gluen Free Low Carb Goodies, Wellness Services and Products, Clothing, Hand Crafted Treats, Music and more. Vendor and customer inquiries: AlohaFridayMarket@gmail.com.

VOLCANO FARMERS MARKET, Cooper Center, Volcano Village on Sundays. 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., with much local produce, baked goods, food to go, island beef and Hawai‘i Coffee. Cooper Center's EBT Machine, used at the Farmer's Market, is out of service until further notice. EBT is used for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps. Call 808-967-7800.

OCEAN VIEW COMMUNITY MARKET, open Saturdays and Thursdays, 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the corner of Kona Drive and Highway 11, where Thai Grindz is located. Managed by Mark Council. Masks mandatory. 100-person limit, social distancing required. Gate unlocked for vendors at 5:30 a.m., $15 dollars, no reservations needed. Parking in upper lot only. Vendors must provide own sanitizer. Food vendor permits required. Carpooling encouraged.

O KAʻŪ KĀKOU MARKET, in Nāʻālehu, open Wednesday, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. Limit of 50 customers per hour, 20 vendor booths, with 20 feet of space between vendors. Masks and hand sanitizing required, social distancing enforced. Contact Sue Barnett, OKK Market Manager, at 808-345-9374 (voice or text) or kaufarmer@aol.com for more and to apply to vend. See facebook.com/OKauKakouMarket.

OCEAN VIEW SWAP MEET is open at Ocean View makai shopping center, near Mālama Market. Hours for patrons are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Vendor set-up time is 5 a.m. Masks required.


VOLCANO ART CENTER ONLINE, in person. Shop at Niʻaulani Campus in Volcano Village, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Virtual Shopping Appointments offered via Skype or FaceTime. Book at volcanoartcenter.org/shop for $5. Shop online gallery 24/7. Orders shipped or free local pickup available. See the VAC Virtual Classroom, which features over 90 videos. See volcanoartcenter.org/events, call 967-8222.